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Boston peace parade


Boston's Fourth Annual

Saint Patrick Peace Parade

“A Tale of Two Cities”

Dear Mayor Martin J. Walsh

I write this letter in hopes that you and the Council members will take up the public administration of the St. Patrick Day Parade as one all inclusive community building event.

My name is Joe LaBonte a Viet Nam Veteran 1968 to 1972, proud member of the Veterans for Peace and President/Ceo of the Constitution Restoration Cooperative Association (CRCA). I and the CRCA are proud to support and participate in the "Saint Patrick's Peace Parade” on March 16th now in its fourth year. It is a most eloquent presentation of the foundational Constitutional proposition embodied in the preamble that requires “Justice" equally for "We the People", be it Social, Environmental, Economic, Civil or Criminal Justice.   

Some time ago a private exclusive, thus exclusionary, organization the Allied War Veterans Council (AWVC) was given the responsibility of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade of Boston, the second largest St. Patrick day parade in the nation. Subsequently thousands of (Veterans, Peace, LGBT, Religious, Environmental, Labor, Political, Social & Economic Justice) Citizens of Boston have been refused the right to participate. The affect has been the formation of a second parade called the Saint Patrick Peace Parade now in to its fourth year growing from 500 participants to over 2000 last year.

The decision, in the past, to hand over the parade to the AWVC has in essence co-opted the Mayor and City Council of Boston's constitutionally required authority and thus fiduciary responsibility to direct the public affairs of their city for the benefit of all its citizens. The effect, as with our nation, a people divided by a parade, where an all inclusive community building event should be present.

     This local public event brings into stark relief the national and international crisis we face as a people. When corporate, moneyed and special interests hijack the commons by abridging the Constitutionally mandated authority of our elected servants who are charged to preserve and protect our common interests, we become subjects to and witnesses of the overthrow of our hard fought for Republic and its purpose to ensure the inalienable rights of all its people.

     It is in just this struggle for inclusion by the peace parade organizers that the heart and soul of America's hope resides; whereas, it is in the hate, fear and anger of exclusion by such organizations as the AWVC we find the recipe for America's demise. The public servants of Boston have the power and authority to resolve this issue by reclaiming the administration of this event, but the real author of change rests ever and always with "We the People". We must make clear to those in our service, Locally, Statewide and Nationally that to keep their jobs they must do their jobs.

"The powers of the legislature are defined, and limited;

                                                                       And that those limits may not be mistaken, or forgotten,

                                                                                      the Constitution is written".

                                                                                              Chief Justice John Marshall (1755 – 1835)

     The Mayor and Legislators of this “Commonwealth” who have all taken an Oath to "Preserve and Protect the Constitution" would be greatly strengthened in that task by managing directly the affairs, the commons and the common interests of the people. Any action to the contrary seriously begs the question, whom do they really serve? 

"In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man,

                                                              But bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

      This “Peace Parade” is an opportunity to have a great time, but most importantly an opportunity for Americans in all of their diversity, by participating in and supporting this “Peace Parade”, to come to the defense of our Nation and the Constitution of the United States of America, the Supreme Law of the Land.


Joseph K. LaBonte


Constitution Restoration

Cooperative Association



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